Belcoo Cottage Meadow/Lawn

The Cottage Lawn is an amenity area in the village of Belcoo on the shores of Lough MacNean and alongside the Belcoo River. It is home to some exceptional mature trees and offers fine views across to the Hanging Rock and Cuilcagh Mountain. With a playground located at the site, it is an ideal area to bring children to play.

 

Facilities: carparking, interpretation panels, toilets, picnic area, playpark, outdoor gym, and walking trail.

 

Getting Here

A4 Sligo Road

Belcoo

Fermanagh

Northern Ireland

BT93 5EZ

https://goo.gl/maps/fW6C84qW2ArXvi4t9

 

The Trail

Distance: 0.80km/0.5 miles

Time: 10 minutes

Grade: Easy

Terrain: Public footpath and flat terrain

Route: Circular

Wheelchair accessible: Yes

Dogs: Dogs must be kept under control and waste disposed of

 

The trail around Belcoo Cottage Lawn is a circular, flat trail that leads you on a 10-minute, 0.80km/0.5 miles walk around the village green. It is the perfect trail if you are looking for a quick walk to stretch your legs or for a slow meander taking in the beautiful views that surround you. With plenty of seating and picnic tables along the trail, this is the perfect spot to stop for a bite to eat.

 

Belcoo is a small village with a large heritage, where the past and present rest easily alongside each other. Belcoo or “Béal Átha Conga”, meaning “mouth of the narrow”, takes its name from its location at the narrow section of river connecting Upper and Lower Lough MacNean. The Cottage Lawn is located in the centre of the village.

 

The Cottage Lawn is an important area used by the community and visitors alike. Since 1947, on the 15 August, every year the community continue to organise a Sports Day taking place at the Cottage Lawn, to bring everyone together.

 

Lough MacNean is a large freshwater lake divided into two parts. Lower Lough MacNean which you can view across the Cottage Lawn is the smaller eastern lake. The lough is home to a significant otter population which indicates clean water with plenty of food to feed on.

 

Cottage lawn is diverse haven for a wide range of wildlife and an abundance if plants species because of its unique habitats, from its parkland area, large mature trees, its mature hedgerows, large native meadow, as well as its beautiful shoreline. which are all vital habitats to plant and animals such as a number of different bat species including common pipistrelle, soprano pipistrelle and Daubenton’s bat.  The area is also important for migratory birds such as Whooper Swans, Greenland white fronted geese and Golden Plover.  Plant species such as Blue bells, primrose, Hawthorn, Oak trees, bramble, woodland violets and anemone, Foxgloves and , mature Ivy are all present and are vital plants for our native pollinators, birds and small mammals.

 

There is nearby spring well at Holywell, which was recorded as “Tobar na Dabhcha” in 1834, this translates as “Well of the Vat” or “Well of the Tub”. The well is known as St.Patrick’s Well, as many believe it was blessed by him during his travels. Others believed that it sprang up in answer to the prayers of St. Sinnell, a local 6th Century saint. Nowadays it is renowned for curing ailments.

 

During 1848 (19th Century), Hamilton James was one of the group responsible for bringing the railway and station to the area, which was the creation of Belcoo as a town at the time. He also built the first stone house in Belcoo, known as “the cottage” which was eventually used for housing the railway workers.

 

From the research I have conducted on the topic of Dark Skies accreditations, my understanding would be it is highly unlikely that the Dark Skies area or indeed Community awards would be attainable for the village of Belcoo directly given the prescriptive conditions that need to be attained and adhered to for same. So I am unsure as to how applicable any reference to same is in this instance but, perhaps there is something here I am not aware of.
If this still needs to be included, I would suggest the following which is not ideal as I understand we have only committed at this stage to explore the potential and feasibility of Dark Skies status with the likelihood being the Geopark contains areas of some of the darkest skies in the District:
Dark Skies are those which possess an exceptional quality of starry nights and a nocturnal environment that is protected in some way.  Various levels of accreditation are possible for areas which meet certain specific criteria.  Exploring the feasibility and potential for Dark Skies accreditation for an area/ areas within the District is a consideration.

Public Engagement

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is inviting views on the use of Cottage Lawn to help inform the Council’s decision-making and investment processes, recognising the economic, social and environmental opportunities and the benefits afforded by Cottage Lawn. The public engagement is open for 12 weeks from 28 November 2022 to 17 February 2023 and we welcome your views via our online survey.

 

Cottage Lawn Sports Day c. Tim Flaherty
St.Patrick's Holywell
Hanging Rock 1
Cottage Lawn (1) 1

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